Epilogue: <i>Las vueltas de la vida</i> (Life's Twists and Turns)

Carolyn Merritt

in Tango Nuevo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043029 | DOI:
Epilogue: Las vueltas de la vida (Life's Twists and Turns)

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The epilogue addresses recent changes in the dance through another “new” generation of dancers, based upon observations in the U.S. and Buenos Aires since 2008. Interviews with young porteño dancers and musicians reveal a contemporary emphasis upon tradition and efforts to cultivate a local community of tango lovers through populist/nationalist language. Outside of Argentina, tradition also serves as a legitimizing counterpoint to advertising images and media representations that reduce tango to exotic/erotic Latin dance. Drawing attention to the circular nature of artistic (r)evolutions, I highlight the interplay between progress and tradition in cultural forms including tango. In conclusion, the epilogue underscores the insufficiency of labels in describing landscapes of movement and sentiment.

Keywords: Argentina; Argentine tango; tango nuevo; authenticity; nationalism; modernism/ traditionalism; cultural change

Chapter.  5198 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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